SWPP Eligibility criteria

The Student must:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student at a Canadian post-secondary education institution. 
    • There is funding available for part-time and full-time students registered in programs other than STEM and business.
  • Provide the employer and CCAA proof of enrollment at a Canadian post-secondary education institution.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2. International students, i.e. persons using a Student VISA or Work Permit, are not eligible for the SWPP funding.
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.
  • Consent to release employment information to CCAA and the Government of Canada periodically during the placement and after the end of the placement.
  • Complete and sign the Student Form: https://www.avaerocouncil.ca/en/swpp-student


Student Work Placement must:

  • Be in position that supports the aviation and aerospace industry.
    • Funding is available for full-time and part-time placements.


The Employer must:

  • Be involved in the aviation/aerospace industry, i.e. directly as an aviation/aerospace organization or indirectly, as a supplier of goods and services for the aviation/aerospace industry.
    • Effective April 1st, 2020, post-secondary education institutions – such as colleges, CEGEPs, polytechnics and universities – now qualify as SWPP Employer Partners; schools that provide students with meaningful paid work-integrated learning (WIL) experience will qualify to apply for the SWPP funding.
  • Complete and sign the Employer Form: https://www.avaerocouncil.ca/en/swpp
  • Provide a company description, including the business # and webpage.
  • Provide proof of the student’s enrollment at a Canadian post-secondary education institution.
  • Provide the student’s job description.
  • Provide a working/learning plan for the student.
  • Provide a signed copy of the student’s employment contract, which should include the student’s start and end dates, full details of wages and employment benefits, if applicable.
  • Confirm that the wages for the placement are not funded by another federal program. Note that provincial, municipal or any other funds are acceptable. For organizations that receive partial funding from the federal government to support their operational costs, the latter cannot be used to pay for the students' salaries.

Approval from CCAA must be obtained prior to the student’s employment start date.


Net New Increase in Student Placements Clause (WAIVED UNTIL MARCH 31ST, 2021)

As specified by ESDC, the purpose of the SWPP funding is to motivate employers to increase their number of student work placements. Funding will only be provided to employers demonstrating a net increase in the number of work placements when compared to the previous year. We understand that, with the economic impact of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult for companies to gage exactly how many students will be hired within the next 12 months but we ask for a best-case-scenario approximation of your hiring plans for the future (as of the date the application is submitted).


Nepotism Clause

1.1          The Employer understands and agrees that it shall not be entitled to receive any Wage Subsidies with respect to a Student who is a member of the immediate family of an officer or a director of the CCAA or the Employer, unless CCAA is satisfied and acknowledges in writing that the recruitment of such Student was not the result of favouritism by reason of membership in the immediate family of an officer or director of CCAA or the Employer.


1.2          Meanings of Certain Terms as used in this Article: 
“immediate family” means father, mother, step-father, step-mother, foster parent, brother, sister, spouse or common-law partner, child (including child of common-law partner), step-child, ward, father-in-law, or any relative permanently residing with an officer or a director of the CCAA or the Employer; and “common-law-partner” means a person who is cohabiting with an officer or a director of the CCAA or the Employer in a conjugal relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year.


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